Paver Installation

How to Install Sand-Set Interlock Pavers.

 Preparing the Patio Area

Paint future deck on grass/area.

To paint the deck area, mark the perimeter of the patio area with marking paint. Drive garden stakes into the ground just outside the perimeter markings and attach a mason's line.


Remove grass, including an additional 1 ft. around perimeter.

Use a spade and shovel to clear grass and dirt from the work area including an additional 1 ft. around the perimeter. Check your depth and slope against the mason's line and the measuring tape to make sure you maintain both the proper depth and slope.


Remove enough soil to allow for compacted aggregate base.

Remove enough soil to allow for compacted aggregate base, about 1" of coarse sand and the thickness of the paver. Don't forget to pitch the deck. Continue the excavation at least 6" past the end of the deck. Some people mix cement into the existing soil to make a base in lieu of compacted aggregate.


Initial Compaction of the Base.

Then, compact the area using a gas powered plate compactor (shown on video).

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Level the bedding sand.

Use a line level from the coping to the outside of the deck. Allow for at least 1/8" per foot pitch.

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Smooth the bedding sand.

Shovel the screenings between two parallel pipes and screed with a 2x4 to make a smooth base.

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 Installing your Artistic Pavers

Placing Pavers.

Install the pavers by placing them next to each other. Do not allow sand between pavers, and make sure you keep the pattern straight.


Cut the outside and the pool's perimeter.

Use a mansory saw to get a clean cut. Be safe and wear gloves and eyewear when using the saw. 

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Compact pavers into place.

Compact pavers into place. When using a compactor, use a piece of carpet or fine sand to protect the surface of the paver.

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Locking the deck Edges.

Install a cement restraint or mud border onto footer.

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Finishing adding play sand.

Sweep cleaned screened bedding sand into spaces. Do not leave play sand too high.

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Initial Cleaning of the Deck.

All decks should be cleaned upon completion of the pavers installation to remove dirt and construction debris.
Test a small unobtrusive area first to ensure results are acceptable. Always wet the deck before applying any cleaning solution and make sure to follow all instructions from chemical supplier.
Light color pavers: wash the deck with a mild mixture of 8.5 parts of water (85%) and 1.5 part of muriatic acid (15%).
Dark color pavers: avoid using muriatic acid on dark colored products as it might alter the color. Instead, choose a cleaner that does not contain muriatic or phosphoric acid for better results.
Treatment should be done carefully as it can affect the pavers color, texture and/or porosity.

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Artistic Pavers being installed on Yard Crashers - SHANGRILA
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